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1/12/2016: Cooperative research and development agreement – Broadband cellular and satellite communications exploratory development

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The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, with General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., to investigate the operational use of broadband cellular technology, including equipment that may be integrated into the National Public Safety Broadband Communication Band 14 LTE Network – commonly called FirstNet.

The research also includes tactical employment of multiple user objective system satellite communications and common operational picture applications to establish Coast Guard network centric operations. A pilot demonstration schedule has been proposed and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center will prepare a pilot demonstration assessment plan and a Coast Guard Sector will operate the equipment for exploratory development over a six-month period to collect information on suitability, reliability, maintenance requirements and human systems interoperability.

While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., the agency is soliciting public comment on the possible nature of and participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA. In addition, the Coast Guard also invites other potential non-Federal participants to propose similar CRADAs.

Comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2016.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

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